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2012-May-23, 06:36 PM
According to a newspaper called the Daily Mail, an Egyptian Student has invented a new propulsion system that can be used for Satellites

See here for the article (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2148877/The-latest-entrant-space-race--Egypt-19-year-old-student-invents-futuristic-warp-drive-satellites.html)

According to this newspaper report

Mustafa's invention generates energy using the Casimir-Polder force, an obscure quantum effect using two surfaces and objects in a vacuum.

How do people assess this as a realistic propulsion system for satellites and possibly robot space probes as opposed to other means currently being used? Is this just media hype?

2012-May-23, 07:18 PM
This sounds like some variation on the Drive Sail or Differential Sail, a highly speculative concept mentioned by the NASA Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Program;
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breakthrough_Propulsion_Physics_Program#Differenti al_sail

these were included in an early version of Orion's Arm, but they seem so unliklely that we dropped them...

2012-May-23, 07:33 PM
I've got two questions for that reporter.
How does it "leapfrog" NASA research?
Why the description "warp drive"?

Either way. If it works, good for her. Even if it is just a variation on a theme.

2012-May-23, 07:42 PM
According to a newspaper called the Daily Mail,...Sorry, you can't use the words newspaper and Daily Mail in the same sentence without a negative. This comic exists for the purpose of generating outrage by ridiculous distortion of a few facts. That, and an obsession with celebrities especially if they have a bad clothes day or if their bikini falls off. If it transpires that there is any truth in any of their articles, it is purely by accident.

2012-May-23, 08:17 PM
RE the Daily mail: I agree.

2012-May-23, 08:18 PM
Although it is often unintentionally funny.